Adopted October 24, 2007 / Effective January 24, 2008; and Amended on July 26, 2023
The purpose of the Executive Compensation Committee (the “Committee”) of the Board of Trustees (the “Board”) of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (the “Foundation”) is to assist the Board in ensuring the reasonableness and appropriateness of the compensation paid to the officers of the Foundation.
The Committee is charged with the annual review of the total compensation proposed for all of the Foundation’s officers (other than the Chair of the Board). Based on the results of its review, the Committee shall recommend officers’ compensation packages for the approval of the Board. The Committee may also review annually the total compensation of the Foundation’s senior executives who are not officers of the corporation, but the approval of their compensation remains the responsibility of the president and chief executive officer (or a delegate).
The Committee is also charged with reviewing the compensation of the Chair of the Board every three years and shall make a recommendation to the Board for approval at the relevant annual meeting of the Board.
The Committee has the authority to retain, at the Foundation’s expense, special legal, accounting, compensation, or other consultants or experts it deems necessary for the performance of its duties.
The Committee shall be comprised of the Chairs of the following Board committees: Audit, Finance, Human Resources, Investment, and Nominating and Governance. Each member must be free from any conflict of interest that would interfere with the exercise of independent judgment as a member of the Committee. In particular, and without limiting the preceding sentence, each member of the Committee must not have, in the opinion of the Board, any material financial interest affected by the compensation paid to the officers of the Foundation. Further, no member of the Committee should, in the opinion of the Board, stand to benefit financially from any transaction that has been or, in the reasonably foreseeable future, will be approved by an officer of the Foundation. The Board may appoint the Committee’s Chair, but if the Board has not appointed a Chair, the Committee shall elect a Chair from among its members.
The Committee shall undertake all actions necessary to carry out the purposes of the Committee, including but not limited to:
- Annual review of compensation comparability data for the Foundation’s officers (other than the Chair of the Board). Comparability data shall consist of information on compensation paid to individuals with functionally equivalent positions to those of the officers by institutions comparable to the Foundation. For these purposes, the Committee may retain a professional independent compensation consultant to provide such data and to assist in evaluating the data. Where available, the Committee may also use actual written offers from similar organizations competing for the individual in question for a comparable position.
- Review the compensation of the Chair of the Board every three years based upon evaluation criteria developed by the Committee, retaining a professional independent compensation consultant to provide such data and to assist in evaluating the data.
- Annual review of the independence and performance of consultants or experts to determine whether to reappoint or discharge such consultants or experts.
- Annual report to the Board on the substance of the Committee’s performance evaluation and compensation review process, including the recommended compensation packages, the names of the members of the Committee who participated in the Committee’s deliberations, the comparability data relied upon by the Committee, and the reasons for any departure from the range of reasonable compensation provided by such data. In the event any member of the Committee has a conflict of interest with respect to the compensation for any officer of the Foundation, the Committee’s report shall reflect any actions, including recusal, taken by that member with respect to the Committee’s deliberations. Each year’s report shall be kept as part of the permanent records of the Board.
- Ensure that considerations to address potential inequities tied to race, gender, disability, among other factors, and to advance race+ equity, are factored into and codified across Committee practices and decisions.
The Committee shall meet at least once annually and more frequently as circumstances require or as the Committee’s Chair or as any two Committee members may request. The Chair shall set the agenda for each meeting in consultation with the other members. The Committee may request that any Trustees, officers, employees, agents, or advisors of the Foundation, or other persons whose advice and counsel are sought by the Committee, attend any meeting of the Committee and/or provide such pertinent information as the Committee requests. The Committee shall provide sufficient opportunity for its consultants to meet privately with the Committee.
VI. Investigations and Studies; Outside Advisors
The Committee may conduct or authorize investigations into or studies of matters within the scope of the Committee’s responsibilities, with full access to all books, records, and personnel of the Foundation, and may retain, at the Foundation’s expense, independent counsel and such other advisors, experts, and other nonvoting professionals as it deems necessary or appropriate to carry out its duties. All fees and expenses authorized by the Committee shall be promptly paid by the Foundation.